An abusive relationship is not always one that involves physical violence, in fact, in many cases emotional abuse takes the worst toll.
Relationships can be complex and often revolve around varying emotional needs. Individuals may remain in an abusive relationship for months, sometimes even years and tolerate unimaginable cruelty in the name of love or dependence. Breaking the cycle of abuse can be a very real challenge, and in more serious cases, can even be life threatening.
However, there is always a way out – even if it may not seem like it at the time – and while the path to your emotional freedom and happiness may not always be clear, remember that a professional such as a therapeutic counselor, can help guide you through the process so that not only do you remain safe from harm, but that you are emotionally able to strive for a happier future for yourself.
What you can look forward to after leaving an abusive relationship:
If all goes well (and remember that a counselor will be there for you every step of the way, even if things don’t go as planned), your life should slowly begin to feel like your own again, and you’ll go from focusing all your attentions on that one individual and their well-being, to being free to focus on your own needs and desires.
Many people who have found the strength and courage to leave an abusive relationship, describe it as being as if a weight has been lifted from their shoulders; a great and crushing burden has dissipated and they can finally shake off the feelings of sadness and despair and hold their head high. Many also say that while the struggle to end the relationship will take its toll on you initially (and in fact, most will carry some painful memories for a long time), it will all be worth it in the end.
The importance of family, friends and loved ones:
A break-up can be a troubling and upsetting time no matter what the relationship was like, but if you’ve just come out of an abusive one, then you’ll need your family and friends around you even more.
Some relationships cause us to lose touch with the people who used to mean a lot to us, and can even result in friendships being broken and family members ousted, but if you’re to thrive and be happy after your abusive relationship has ended, you’ll want to connect with true friend you can get.
Reach out to loved ones and make extra effort to connect with them. It may involve some soul searching from both parties, but true friends will support you and will understand what you have been going through. Remember that a qualified counselor can help support you through this process and make it a little less difficult.
If you’re struggling with an abusive relationship or have just found the courage to go it alone, then you may need some extra support on whatever stage of the journey you’re at. Reach out to a counselor or other such therapeutic professional and let them help you to get back on your feet as soon as possible.